Linklaters names new Asia managing partner

Linklaters has named its current Greater China and global litigation head Marc Harvey as Asian regional managing partner to succeed outgoing Stuart Salt.

Harvey will take up the reins in February 2014 in an uncontested appointment, marking his second attempt at the role.

He replaces Stuart Salt, who will stand down after a single four-year term at the helm to return to full-time practice and leadership of the global projects group in which he was a partner for 15 years before 2010.

Harvey went up for the Asia role in 2009 against then-China chief Zili Shao (9 March 2009), who took up the mantle in April that year. While missing out on the Asian regional role, Harvey became joint China head to replace Shao (30 June 2009).

Salt took over from Shao in February 2010 when the latter left to become chairman and CEO of JP Morgan’s Chinese operation (14 January 2010).

Harvey takes up the role after joining Linklaters in 1991 as a trainee. He was made partner in 2000 and jointly headed up the Greater China practice with Beijing head Celia Lam between 2009 and 2010. Since 2011, when Lam left to launch a Hong Kong law practice for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (3 May 2011), Harvey has been sole China head. He was elected as global head of litigation in 2010 (1 April 2010).

Linklaters has been on an antitrust push in Asia for the past year and hired Baker & McKenzie partner Clara Ingen-Housz to its Hong Kong competition practice in June 2013 (13 June 2013).